The Olympic motto isn’t just for the world’s elite athletes. The “Faster, Higher, Stronger” theme inspires track and field athletes of all skill levels, including New Egypt High School sophomore Cassidy Nalbone. It wasn’t that long ago that she told her parents that she wanted to try the pole vault as a member of the Warriors’ track and field team. “They thought it was a really bad idea,” said Nalbone, who placed fifth last week at a state sectional pole vault competition at Hillsborough High and qualified for the Group I championships this week at Old Bridge. “They don’t want me to get hurt. I told them my mind doesn’t veer off (proving she can stay focused) and I won’t get hurt.” She’s not sure where the idea to experiment with the pole vault came from but she doesn’t think it was DNA. “My mom was a baton twirler and my dad was a baseball player,” Nalbone said. “As a freshman, I saw pole vaulting (at my school) and I thought it was interesting. It looked difficult but I wanted to give it a try.” Continue reading
SAO PAULO — The first thing Fabiana Murer will do when she arrives in London for the Olympics is tell everyone to stay away from her poles. The world pole vault champion lost a chance to compete for a medal in Beijing because one of her poles was misplaced in the final, Continue reading
Though Ivy League competition has come and gone, the 2011-12 track and field season is not over for some of Harvard’s athletes.Over the weekend, 11 members of the Crimson men’s and women’s squads traveled to Jacksonville, Fla. to compete in the NCAA East Preliminary meet. The regional competition featured qualifying athletes from some of the nation’s top track and field programs, who hoped to earn bids to the NCAA Outdoor Championships.And while a number of Harvard’s athletes who attended the meet turned in strong performances, only one was good enough to earn a trip to the championship, which will be held at Drake University from Jun. 6-9.Junior Nico Weiler finished in third place out of 47 competitors in the pole vault with a clearance of 5.32 meters, just 0.06 meters short of his personal-best, which is also the top mark in school history. The junior will join Virginia Tech’s Hunter Hall, who won the event, and 10 other pole vaulters from the East region at the NCAA championships.Weiler, who established himself as the best pole vaulter in Crimson history this season, was a consistent force for Harvard all year long. more
The pole vault rivalry between Hempfield’s Larisa Debich and Norwin’s Kasey Kemp isn’t over yet.That’s because the duo will compete in the high school nationals June 17-18 in Greensboro, N.C.Debich won her first outdoor title with a vault of 12 feet, 9 inches at the PIAA track and field championships Saturday in Shippensburg. Kemp, who won in 2011 with a vault of 12-6, could clear only 12-6.“It’s a good rivalry,” Kemp said. “Larisa is having a great season and deserved to win the title. I’m looking forward to another battle.”Debich, who cleared 13-1⁄4 at the Baldwin Invitational, said she’s looking to break her own record before she heads to Auburn. Kemp plans to attend Penn State. Three Class AAA boys pole vaulters soared to new heights at the state meet, clearing 16 feet.Strath Haven senior Chris Williams set a new pole vault record with a 16-6, breaking the mark of 16-3 set by Hatboro-Horsham’s Joe Berry in 2007.Dallastown senior Jared Allison cleared 16-3 to place second, while Altoona senior Ryan Steinbugl took third with 16-0.Laurel Highlands senior Jacob Hensh finished seventh after clearing 15-0. His teammate, senior Jesse Laverdiere, tied for ninth, clearing 14-6 more
When spending time in Dubai last year, Australian Open tennis champion Victoria Azarenka picked the brain of a man who knows all about breaking records. Azarenka, 22, sat down with Olympic gold medal-winning pole vaulter Sergei Bubka, the father of her boyfriend, a Continue reading
Mandissa Marshall will take another shot at earning All-American honors in women’s outdoor track. Marshall (Crestwood), a junior at George Mason University, shared top honors in the pole vault at last weekend’s NCAA Division I East Regionals in Jacksonville, FL. There were nine vaulters who made it at 13-5 ¼ but Marshall and North Carolina sophomore Sandi Morris earned a tie for the top because they cleared the height quicker than the others. She had qualified with a height of 14-1 ¼, which is a school record. Marshall will now travel to Des Moines, Iowa. June 6-9 for the NCAA Championships at Drake University. The 5-foot-8 competitor tied for first in the East Region last year as well but finished 19th in the championship.
Charleston, May 24–26—PV: 1. Sgarbossa (York, Elmhurst) 16-3.
Wichita, May 25-26–PV: 1. Meyer (Carroll, Wichita) 16-7.
Jefferson City, May 25-26—PV: 1. Kallenberger (West, Lees Summit) 12-10
California Sectionals NORWALK Norwalk, May 25—PV: 1. Rische (Foothill, Santa Ana) 12-11.
NCAA II CHAMPIONSHIPS
Pueblo, Colorado, May 24–26 (altitude
PV: 1. Daugherty (Slip) 16-10¾ (5.15); 2.
Frawley (GC) 16-6¾ (5.05); 3. Myers (GVall)
PV: 1. Hixson (GVall) 13-7¼ (4.15); 2.
Kuksa (GVall) 12-7½ (3.85); 3. Roberts
NCAA III CHAMPIONSHIPS
Claremont, California, May 24-26—
PV: 1. Geraghty (NCC) 17-8½ (5.40); 2.
Wood (NCC) 17-6½ (5.35) Continue reading
IAAF World Challenge #7; Ostrava,
Czech Republic, May 25—
PV: 1. Lavillenie (Fra) 19-4¼ (5.90) (out
WL) (17-9¼, 18-5¼, 18-11½ , 19-1½ [=out
WL], 19-4¼ , 19-8¼ [xxx]) (5.42, 5.62.
5.78 , 5.83, 5.90, 6.00 [xxx]);
2. Dilla (Ger) 18-9¼ (5.72); 3. Lewis (GB)
18-9¼; 4. Kudlicka (CzR) 18-5¼ (5.62); 5.
Czerwinski (Pol) 18-5¼;
6. Clavier (Fra) 17-9¼ (5.42); 7. Pasiak
(CzR) 17-1½ (5.22); 8. Ptácek (CzR) 17-1½;
9. V. Lavillenie (Fra) 17-1½ (5.22);… nh—
MANCHESTER STREET RACES
Manchester, England, May 20—women: Continue reading
MARION, Ind. — Eastern Oregon University’s Robbie Haynie, son of Mesa Community College (Arizona) pole vault coach Ralph Haynie, won two national titles at the 2012 NAIA outdoor track and field national championships this weekend.Haynie won the men’s decathlon and the high jump Friday, but was unable to defend his pole vault title Saturday.He finishes his EOU career with seven national titles in just two seasons.The senior amassed a school-record 7,598 points in the 10-event decathlon Friday. That’s a new EOU record total and just two points shy of the U.S. Olympic Trial provisional mark. Haynie began the second day with a first place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. He set a personal record with a 14.95 finish, which is sixth on the EOU all-time list. Haynie followed that finish with a sixth place finish in the discus at 121 feet, 10 inches. Haynie hit a personal record in pole vault at 17 feet, 10 inches. He gained 1,051 points with the first-place vault. That mark is currently the 13th best mark from any collegian this season. more
BOZEMAN – Jalyssa Gorder of Sidney cleared 11 feet, 6 inches late Saturday night to win the pole vault in the State A girls track meet. Because of poor weather conditions, the event was moved indoors to the MSU Fieldhouse. It did not end until after 11 p.m. Saturday night. Camie Westfall of Hamilton was second (11-0), followed by Mikayla Minow of Sidney (11-0), Aspen Evans of Corvallis (10-6), Kasey Robson of Glendive (10-0) and Erin Harris of Sidney (9-6). Read more: http://billingsgazette.com/sports/high-school/track-and-field/article_724dbfaa-8ef3-59cd-99a4-6053ef916eb7.html#ixzz1wGrs5cYQ